She does admit that the Internet changed the yarn shop business, but she and Preketes found ways to roll with the punches. "We stopped buying patterns and books," mostly because of Ravelry, which she describes as "Facebook for knitters." "But people still want to feel and see yarn, and they get inspired by projects they see on display."
There will be an all-day "wake" on May 1. "People will bring things they've made"--knitted things, she means, although "one lady said she's bringing libations."
[Originally published in May, 2013.]